This series 'Students of Product Design' is aimed at anyone interested in the product design process. This first episode looks at innovation, how to innovate and how simply changing the structure of the brief can impact on how innovative you can be.
This series won't just talk about stuff, the plan is to share with you as many of the things I have learnt in the last 15 years (or so..) as possible through each stage of the design process to help you become far better designers than I can ever be. I'll be looking at research, sketching, model making, portfolios and a whole load of other things.
I often think of youtube as a speed learning tool. Have you ever seen the Matrix films where Neo first learns martial arts by uploading a programme to his head or Trinity learns to fly a helicopter in minutes, that's how I see Youtube, Youtube is our version of the Matrix. So this series which is primarily aimed at students studying industrial design, product design or design engineering in university is designed to do just that, give you a knowledge boost to hopefully make your projects, designs, presentations and portfolio a lot better to improve your chances of getting a position as a designer, or your projects if you want to start your own company, anything related to design. I also hope with the content, that everyone will be able to take something away from it as many of the tips I'll give over the course of this series will be applicable to lots of areas of life.
There's just isn't enough out there on product design, compared to say cookery shows it's very under provisioned and so I'm trying to redress the balance. I have a lot more planned, so please be patient, stay tuned and follow me, so that you can be alerted to when the next video is launched.
Nothing to say except that this video is a banger! Obviously you have put a lot of work into this, and the fact that you investigated a case study of peelers even though you knew it probably wasnt going to work out is amazing. This is the only video I have seen of yours but boy am I going to watch more! Keep it up man!
Please Please Please can you tell me how you made the final design, it would really help as I have a similar project in school. I found your series really interesting and it helped me to understand the design process. Thank you so much
Hi Daksh, for the final design, the body is made from a piece of galvanised steel, sprayed blue. The round pegs attached to the body are made from a plastic pen and filler and the head is made from stainless steel from a kitchen utensil stitched to some polypropylene plastic from an office file. Hope this helps. PT
Amazing work. Why are the UK exam boards not pointing D&T teachers to great resources like this. AQA I'm talking to you in particular!
You've summed up everything I'm trying to teach my current year 12/13 cohort about the design process in a well presented and clear fashion with great examples & case studies.
Amazing work chap, keep adding them!
It's really easy. Film placing the Apple into coloured water. Stop filming and take apple out of water, marking the location of everything. Peel the apple and put it back in the water, making sure everything is in the same place as close as possible. Film taking the apple out of the water now peeled and merge the two pieces of footage together in an editing package. PT
Hi Chosen, it was a small piece of old stainless steel that I tested would hold an edge when sharpened. I think I got it from an old kitchen utensil. I cut it out using a drill and dremel with cutting disks. PT
I’m in the process of inventing a lock for landlords do you think I should design it on cad or sketch and use sheet metal and trial and error and stuff ? Or is there a special material you can build prototypes with and then if you make a mistake you can stick it together and try again ?
producttank I downloaded onshape for my iPhone which is actually free ! It’s great although takes a bit getting used to the features and stuff. Also people can view what your making on the free version so in theory someone could steal your idea lol
Hi Adam, it's difficult to answer as it depends on the concept. To prove the idea it's what ever will give you the best results and most information on what to change and improve in the fastest time. It also depends on budget. If you can use CAD, then it will prove really useful, but getting parts rapid prototyped can be expensive, so I would advise using metal and wood to prove the principal, size, use etc, then move in to CAD as you refine the design, but there are no rules, just what gets you results. PT
to be fair you have to have a very high IQ to understand Mr. Tronconi. The website is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of Italian most of the assignments will go over a typical student's head.
I am currently evaluating Mr. Controni for a character analysis and I will post when I am ready. Perhaps through careful exploration of his tragic past we can learn how to communicate with him and how to not fail the overlord of 4th period.
My observation over the years is most new products work no better than the one they're designed to replace; advertisers just develop a clever looking promo to make them appear exciting and interesting. Most people would just use a regular kitchen knife to do those tasks you demonstrated.
Hey producttank, I have been assigned a major design project for my design and technology task. I have been thinking of some ideas of products that provide solutions to everyday problems. In the assessment task, the first step is: "Identify and provide a detailed exploration of genuine needs, justifying final selection for the development of the MDP (major design project)." The idea I have in mind has a useful purpose however I'm not sure if I would say that it is a "need". In the world of product design, what would you define as a need? And what do they mean by "opportunity"?
I'm sorry that I don't know much.
Btw this is a project assigned for my year 12 high school design and technology class and I have one year to produce a product, system or environment which acts as a solution to a need.
Thanks for the help
Hi Oliver, this is a continual dilemma for designers, do you create a device to improve a product or just redesign the product. Based on the number of mugs of different shapes and sizes, do you design a clip on attachment or design a new mug with a spout? How much of a problem is this, how often do people express dissatisfaction when pouring liquid from a mug? Sometimes you find the need, because you want to make the product better for yourself, but more often, you find the need by watching other people trying to use products and asking them questions. The important bit is you don't start out knowing what the solution is and if it will be simple or not, this is design, it's up to you to make it as simple and easy to use as possible using all the feedback you gathered in the research stage from users. Your doing the right thing, but the best bit about this is you don't have to and shouldn't do this alone, go and talk to people, ask lots of questions about what they find hard or easy to do, put a product in their hands and watch them use it. Don't worry that you only have a year at this point. If you have grandparents or know some old people, Spend a day with them, watch them doing simple tasks, things to improve will suggest themselves everywhere.
producttank Thank you so much, I was originally thinking of creating a silicon attachment for the rim of mugs so that when you want to pour out coffee, it actually pours, rather than dripping and spilling down the side. Not sure if you would say that "a method of eliminating spillage and drippage while pouring liquid from a mug" would qualify as a 'genuine need'. (btw you'd be the best person to ask, do you know if this has been done before?) If you think this is a good idea, how would I go about creating a prototype?
After you mentioned grip strength, it helped me to realize a need for a tool to allow users to more easily move furniture. Still deciding, but thanks so much for the help. What needs can you think of with a simple solution with an easy to design product. (Keep in mind that I'm only a kid and have one year to build it)
Hi Oliver, I think a need occurs when someone (or a group or demographic) is struggling to use something that exists, they have a need for it to work differently/better or they need to do a task and a solution doesn't exist yet (but this is much rarer). This then becomes the opportunity, to redesign the product to address this need. The need helps define the brief etc etc. If you talk to lots of people about what they struggle to use on a daily basis (anything requiring grip strength is always a good place to start) then you will find plenty of suggestions on what people need. All products exist to perform a function, the tin opener to open tins, the car to get from A to B etc, but we all use things differently and many people can struggle to use the product as the designer intended. So taking the tin opener as an example, one desiger observed people struggling to use the traditional tin opener, their need was for something that was easier to use to open tins, the designer saw an opportunity and decided to redesign The tin opener so that it was electric, making it easier for everyone. Hope this helps. PT
You are so amazingly awesome for sharing this. Im very interested in industrial design and have been searching YouTube for some time looking for exactly what youre presenting here.Thank you so much and please keep up your great work, and be sure to take us along on your journey.
Thanks for your great work and suggestions! Funny, that you picked the potatoe peeler - this is one of the tools, where so many people have problems in kitchen and their preferences about which kind to use. What I didn't understand is, why doesn't a curved blade work? This is what I always wished I could find - the same when I use a razor for body hair. Why don't they exist? THEY would be a great invention! ;-)
last year i made it into design school and i really want to thank you, because your videos were such a great inspiration and gave me so much insight into design thinking. You helped me getting to this point, thank you very much and keep up your great work!
That's really a good video about Product Design. As a matter of fact, I got to learn from something like about innovation and how a simple brief can change the whole concept of design, from basic to unique.
Hi Sara, I saved up and bought a bandsaw, but I used to make everything by hand, so you could cut this with a hand saw and a vice if you can't get access to a bandsaw. Then I used wood rasps to rough out the form and then sandpaper to smooth this. You can then apply a primer to lock the fibres of the wood and then sand again for a better finish. Sometimes I just use a blade as a scraper. If you watch episode 5 and 6 it will give you a lot of model making tips. PT
after completing the sketches and just before prototyping it , if i want to make a 3d computer model of my design, what are your suggestions for the optimum design software?
i am an engineering student with less knowledge of design
Hey Udit, the packages for engineering are generally the same as for design, some with more surfacing options, but it depends on what's being designed, so some people use rhino, I'm currently playing a lot with OnShape, the package lots of designers use is solid works, but inventor, catia, pro E etc all work well, for me, the key is not which package is ultimately the best as early on they are all similar, but that you can use them quickly to answer questions to save time and get improved results, so which ever package you use, use it to quickly block in hard points to build your design around and build your solids/surfaces in such a way that they are easy to edit and adjust. Hope this helps. PT
Thank you very much.
I saw only two of your videos and i understand instantly one thing: as design student I can learn from you what, unfortunately, my courses at university doesn't teach me.
I'm very happy to have discovered your channel!
Thank you ! I am a mechanical engineer with passion and some trials/designs in the ID/PD direction and I really appreciate this series to explore more the process to perfect my understanding. Thank you and keep'em coming :)
Hi Charles, everything around you is a material store, so once it's finished its intended purpose, I don't throw it away, I save it. Over time I've built up lots of materials, office files, broken chairs, anything I think will be useful. I cover this in episode 4 or 5. Hope this helps. PT
Great insight and explanation of design fundamentals. Small triggers strongly affect outcomes. Once the parameters are accepted though, exploratory ideas get 'funnelled' into an outcome. Sometimes this is very necessary, sometimes it stifles wider exploration.
On a different note, i liked the "runners" analogy. To be really good at anything becomes increasingly more difficult.
Inspiring stuff, thanks for sharing.
I've designed and built allsorts of stuff since childhood and each success drives me to better achievement the next time. I'm still running i guess :)
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Silicon Valley Pakistani-American by the Numbers:
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As of 2013, South Asian Muslims, including Pakistanis, have the highest income levels, with nearly half (49%) of them having a household income above $100,000. In comparison, those groups with the lowest proportion of household incomes above $100,000 were Hispanic Muslims (15%), Afghans (10%), and African American Muslims (10%).
The Bay Area Muslim community is very diverse in terms of race and ethnicity:
South Asians (30%)
African Americans (9%)
Asian/Pacific Islanders (7%)
Based on the survey findings, the majority of Muslims live in the following three counties:
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